Aneesha Sareen

A principal correspondent, Aneesha Sareen Kumar is the bureau chief at Ludhiana. She covers district administration, politics and crime.

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In Chandigarh, people in 20s behind most crimes: NCRB report

A significant 53.8% of the total 2,400 people arrested in Chandigarh in 2022 were from the 18 to 30 age group, as per NCRB report

Those in the age range of 30 to 45 were the next largest group, with 640 (26.6%) arrests. Most of them were in the 30s, as per Chandigarh Police. (Getty image)
Updated on Dec 06, 2023 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Crime graph rose by 22% in Chandigarh; three-fold rise in cases against elderly: NCRB report

As per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 3,254 cases were registered across police stations in the city in 2020. The figure dipped by 8% to 2,995 in 2021. The following year, in 2022, the figure rose by 22% at 3,658 cases. In 2022, Chandigarh witnessed registration of 3,658 cases under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLLs)- the highest in three years.

In 2022, the union territory of Chandigarh witnessed registration of 3,658 cases under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLLs)- the highest in three years. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ludhiana: Departments directed to reduce pendency

Kharbanda directed officials of various departments like labour, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), SGST, industries to adhere to the timeline and reduce pendency to avoid delays

Punjab director industries and commerce DPS Kharbanda directed the officials to reduce pendency of projects. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CM Bhagwant Mann blames predecessors for all ills plaguing Punjab, Oppn skips debate

Defeat in elections of these parties (Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress, BJP) who previously ruled Punjab doesn’t absolve them of their of acts of commission and omission on the state’s interests, says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

CM Bhagwant Mann addressing the debate at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 05:40 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CM blames predecessors for Punjab’s ills, Oppn skips debate

Addressing the much-anticipated Main Punjab Bolda Haan open debate at PAU, Ludhiana, chief minister Bhagwant Mann accuses previous leaders of looting the state for generations through corruption and compromising on state’s interest, particularly on SYL issue

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann sits alone on stage addressing the Main Punjab Bolda Haan event in Ludhiana on Wednesday. The chairs meant for opposition leaders remained empty as they gave the open debate a miss. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 04:38 PM IST

Ludhiana gas leak: Citing gross anomalies, NGT orders fresh probe

The fresh probe to be conducted by a committee comprising an IIT professor, joint secretary, ministry of environment

NGT trashed findings of the magisterial probe that household detergent in municipal waste systems would have been a source of hydrogen sulphide. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 18, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Zira liquor factory: Groundwater contaminated, NGT directs state to ensure safe drinking water to villagers

The distillery and ethanol plant at the Mansoorwal Kalan village in Zira was ordered shut by Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, in January this year. The unit had been lying shut since July 2022 due to a sit-in protest at the factory gates

The NGT was hearing a Public Action Committee vs. State of Punjab case when it passed the order. (File)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Visa suspension: Canadian NRIs in limbo as travel plans to Punjab go for a toss

Kapurthala-based immigration consultant Inderpal Singh, who also owns a hotel in Jalandhar, said he has received over a dozen calls from Canadian NRIs, regarding their reservations and planned itinerary

High Commission of Canada in India at Shantipath in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 01:24 AM IST
By, , Vishal Joshi, , Jalandhar/amritsar/ludhiana/bathinda/patiala

Foodgrain transportation scam: Court declares accused commission agent PO

Earlier, in August, Rakesh Kumar Singla, ex-deputy director, food and civil supplies department, was declared a PO in the case

Dhotiwala is the second accused in the scam to be declared as a proclaimed offender.
Published on Sep 20, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Shut since June 2020, Atlas Cycles resumes operations

Atlas Cycles’ director CM Dhall confirmed that operations and cycle dispatches have been restarted from the company’s Sahibabad unit

Atlas Cycles has resumed operations at its unit in Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:27 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Sanatana Dharma row: AAP doesn’t endorse Udhayanidhi’s statement, says Sanjay Singh

The DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is the son of Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, sparked a controversy last week by comparing Sanatana Dharma with “dengue, malaria” and said it needed to be “eradicated”

AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 01:03 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

City on the edge: Over half of calls at PCR related to brawls

As per figures, the Ludhiana police control room received a total of 15,503 calls pertaining to brawls since January this year till end of July

The police control room receives as many as 70 calls daily and over 2,000 in a month pertaining to fights. (Ht file)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

High time Bhagwant Mann takes responsibility and works for state, says Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar

Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sunil Jakhar was here to attend a meeting with party workers in Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana and said the youth needs employment but in the absence of any expansion of the industry, there are no job avenues.

Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sunil Jakhar along with other leaders in Ludhiana. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

With toxic waste aplenty, Ludhiana stuck circling the drain

Shortfall of treatments plants, overburdened machinery and spurt in illegal industrial units have pushed the state’s industrial hub to the brink

Ludhiana is home to about 95,000 micro, small and medium industrial units (SMEs) and approximately 250 large scale units. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:40 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Buddha Nullah project: MP Bittu walks out fuming over poor representation in meeting

The meeting started at around 10.30 am when municipal commissioner Shena Aggarwal was amongst the senior officials present

MIP Bittu during the meeting. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab cops take VRS route to settle abroad

In 5 years, six deputy superintendents of police and four superintendents of police have opted for VRS to go abroad

According to data sourced from the Punjab Police headquarters, on an average, 40 personnel opt for early retirement in a year. This trend is not restricted to junior officers. In five years, six deputy superintendents of police and four superintendents of police have opted for VRS to go abroad. (Illustration: Biswajit Debnath/ht)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Industry condemns hike in power tariff in Punjab

The hike in power tariff announced on Monday evoked strong reactions from the state industry, which condemned the move and called these detrimental to the growth of the industry

Several industry associations said that the power charges for the industry in Punjab are higher than those in Haryana or Rajasthan. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2023 10:36 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Air Dining: Lofty culinary adventure becomes Punjab’s latest getaway

Ludhiana has become the seventh city in India to offer air dining at a height of over 30 meters. A hosiery manufacturer introduced the concept, which includes a deck and 22 chairs lifted by a crane. The 50-minute experience offers a bird's eye view of the city and nearby canal, with a buffet dinner served by waiters. The deck slowly rotates five times for a 360-degree view. Prices range from INR1,000 to INR2,500 ($14 to $35) per ride, and the restaurant operates on weekends with bookings required in advance. Pregnant women and children under four feet tall are not allowed.

The concept, first started in Belgium, includes a deck with a huge dining table in the middle and 22 chairs that is lifted with a crane at a height of 100 feet. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:19 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

UP’s policy more industry-friendly, says Hero Group

Pankaj Munjal says firm has set up a forging unit with an investment of ₹ 150 crore in Ghaziabad recently

Pankaj Munjal, managing director of Hero Cycles, addressing the media in Ludhiana on Thursday. (Manish/HT)
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:27 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Giaspura tragedy: PPCB, MC officials conduct door-to-door checks to sniff out gas leak cause

Chief environmental engineer, PPCB Ludhiana, Sandeep Bahl said that the inspection was conducted door-to-door and the units functioning in an unauthorised manner have been served notices

Joint teams of Punjab Pollution Control Board and Municipal Corporation conducting inspection at industrial units near the spot of Giaspura gas tragedy in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (Manish/Ht)
Updated on May 04, 2023 12:00 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ludhiana gas leak: NGT orders 20 lakh to kin of those killed, forms probe panel

Ludhiana gas leak: The Punjab government had announced ₹2 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 for injured.

NDRF, police and medical teams at Giaspura area in Ludhiana. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 03:20 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ludhiana gas leak: SIT set up, blame game on

A 5-member Punjab Police SIT will probe the Giaspura locality gas leak incident here in which 11 people died after allegedly inhaling toxic gas.

Police officials collecting the information from the kin of the deceased gas tragedy cremation after cremation in Giaspura area in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo/Gurpreet Singh)
Updated on May 01, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

11 dead in Ludhiana gas leak tragedy, 4 fall ill; area sealed

Eleven people, including three children, died after a gas leak in a densely populated area in Punjab's Ludhiana. Four other people are in critical condition. An NDRF team detected high levels of hydrogen sulphide in the area. Preliminary investigations suggest sudden dumping of some chemical from an industrial unit into the civic sewage line set off a reaction. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident, and a case under section 304 has been registered against unidentified persons. The area has been sealed, and all residents have been evacuated.

NDRF teams during a rescue operation in Giaspura, Ludhiana, on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2023 12:00 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

10% of crop loss compensation will go to farm labourers: Bhagwant Mann

Chairing the maiden cabinet meeting held outside Chandigarh, chief minister Bhagwant Mann announced a slew of measures including earmarking 10% compensation for crop loss due to any sort of natural calamity for the farm labourers, which he said was a gift to them on Labour Day falling on May 1.

Mann said that now not only the farmers but the labourers will also be compensated for the loss of their work due to natural calamities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 12:42 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Crawling projects to be completed by year end: Ludhiana MP Bittu

The MP took note of the worsening traffic situation in Ludhiana, owing to the delay in the completion of these projects, including the construction of elevated road

MP Ravneet Bittu holding a meeting with civic body officials at Zone D MC office in Ludhiana on Monday. (Manish/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 11:23 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Frequent stirs keeping investors away from Punjab: Industry to MP Sanjeev Arora

The stirs cause disruption of traffic on the state and national highways thus hampering the smooth transportation of goods, industrialists added.

Rahul Ahuja, ex-chairperson, CII, Punjab, stated that investors are shying away from coming to the state due to increasing protests. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 01:19 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Trader’s murder: Ludhiana police probing hawala angle

“The two assailants had snatched a bag containing cash before murdering Manjit Singh brutally. It is still being probed as to how much was the cash and whether it was foreign currency but it clear that the money was illegal,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity

Police investigations have revealed that some issues related to hawala money dealings had resulted in the murder. Police also said that the accused were known to the victim and the murder was well planned. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 11:40 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ukraine war: Tharoor praises Modi govt for deft handling of ties with US, Russia

Amidst an ongoing standoff between the ruling BJP and Congress, MP Shashi Tharoor praised the BJP government for a fine job of balancing relations with both the US and Russia in face of the ongoing Ukraine war

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor at an event in Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 11:31 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Rape and murder of 7-yr-old: Cousin among two convicts handed death sentence

The convicts include 25-year-old Vinod Shah and 23-year-old Rohit Kumar Sharma, both residents of Doraha and hailing from district Damriya in Uttar Pradesh.

he court, while passing the order, stated that the ‘convicts be hanged by neck till they are dead’. Both the convicts have also been ordered to pay a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 lakh each.
Published on Mar 30, 2023 01:37 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Units in mixed land use areas to get 5-yr extension: Ludhiana MLA Sidhu

The issue of the extension of deadline was raised during a meeting of the executive committee of the Chamber of Commercial and Industrial Undertaking (CICU)

Sewing machine factory workers at work in a manufacturing unit at Gill road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 11:38 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana
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